Saturday, October 27, 2007

OS X 10.5 Leopard: Asian Script IM Help Finally in English

One very nice new feature of Leopard is that the Help for the Japanese, Korean, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese Input Methods is finally available in English. Previously the only English resources available from Apple regarding these complex systems were old manuals for OS 9. I don't think there is any way to print out all the Help at once, but you can find the files at System > Library > Input Methods ( do Control + Click > Show Package Contents on the IM you want) Contents > Resources > English.lproj.

Unfortunately there is no Help of any sort provided by Apple for the Tamil and Tibetan keyboards, which would also be useful for those not already familiar with the standard ways to input these scripts.


Anonymous said...


In Tiger I was able to run several applications like Adium, Firefox, and set each applications language input setting individually (Japanese, English) by keyboard shortcut. So if I was typing in English in Firefox, and Japanese in Adium, when I switch between each program the settings automatically changed. This is no longer possible in Leopard and its really annoying. Is there a setting or an option that I'm not aware of?

Tom Gewecke said...

This feature seems to be done in Leopard and I don't know of any fix at this point.